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December 12th, 2012

Voyage continues for the Moody Blues



Long-time frontmen Justin Hayward and John Lodge lead the Moody Blues during a recent performance at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Photo: Ed McCarthy

By Reneé Ruwe & Ed McCarthy

PORT CHESTER -

The historic Capitol Theatre recently hosted two nights of music when the Moody Blues performed as part of their "The Voyage Continues Highway 45" Tour.

The band featured two drummers, two keyboard players, a flutist and a sax player, plus long-time frontmen John Lodge and Justin Hayward.

The show opened with the song "Gemini Dream," featuring kaleidoscopic images projected throughout the theater. The mesmerized crowd was then led on a journey of hits spanning from the 1960s to the present.

The English Rock band is noted for the fusion of classical music on their 1967 album "Days of Future Passed." A song from that album, "Nights in White Satin", was recently featured in the 2012 Johnny Depp film "Dark Shadows".

Formed on May 4, 1964 by drummer Graeme Edge, the Moody Blues are now celebrating the approach of a 50 year run. They were among the first bands to release a four minute single as well as record in stereo. The band, whose name was inspired by the Duke Ellington song "Mood Indigo", has sold over 70 million albums.

Built in 1926, the Capitol Theatre was designed by noted theatre architect Thomas W. Lamb and has since been added to the National Registry of Historic Places. Current owner Peter Shapiro has reportedly spent over two million dollars restoring the theater to its former glory.


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